Pasta Puttanesca (image to come)

**It looked so tasty, I ate it before taking a picture, so it will likely be a while before one is added**

This pasta is a nice treat on weekdays, being tasty, quick, and a little out of the ordinary. The name even hints at how easy it is to make. “Pasta puttanesca” translates to “pasta in the style of the prostitute” because it was allegedly so easy to make, a prostitute could prepare it between customers while its cheap ingredients made it accessible to the poor. Furthermore, it involves a red sauce with fish rather than meat, making it ideal for those who don’t eat beef or for Lenten Fridays (Catholics).

Ingredients:
1 can diced tomatoes in tomato juice
1 can tomato paste
1 can anchovies (drained)
olives and/or capers to taste (I use about 8 olives)
~1/4c balsamic vinegar (to taste)
~3Tbsp granulated garlic (or garlic powder) (to taste)
red pepper flakes to taste
~1/3 lb angel hair pasta

Directions:
1. In a saucepan or skillet mix tomatoes, tomato paste, anchovies, olives, capers, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and pepper. on medium low heat bring to a simmer and mix throroughly
2. cook and drain the pasta in a separate sauce pan.
3. mix pasta and sauce together and serve.

Time: 20min Serves: 3 (4 if you serve with garlic bread)

Basic Breakfast

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Oatmeal with raisins, pecans, sugar, and milk

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Oatmeal with raisins, pecans, and molasses

Everyone loves the prospect of a full breakfast with some combination of bacon, eggs, sausage, smoked fish, toast, hashbrowns, pancakes, and if in the UK, baked beans and tomato. However, in my experience, its way too much trouble for any week day. So I’ve decided to share one of my favorite weekday recipes.

Its a hearty oatmeal with flavor that can vary widely depending on the chosen toppings. The key ingredient of which is steel cut oats. These are sold a most grocery stores, but aren’t your typical oatmeal (rolled oats).

They are still a whole grain and I prefer them because they make a rougher, drier, oatmeal that perfectly suits my habit of pouring a splash of milk over the top. They are not instant oatmeal, so I make them on the stove in the morning. First thing when I get up, I’ll set the oats and water in a pot on the stove and let it heat up while I get ready. I do the same with the coffee maker. Once I’m dressed and made-up, breakfast is ready. With the right toppings, this oatmeal becomes a tasty breakfast that keeps me full even when I miss lunch.

An interesting note, I never buy brown sugar because it is simply white sugar with molasses added. Therefore I just keep white sugar and molasses on hand and mix them when a recipe calls for brown sugar. This is why the sugar is white in the photo.

Ingredients:
1/4c Steel cut oats
1c Water
toppings: raisins, pecans, brown sugar, milk, etc.

Directions:
1. Add oats and water to small pot and heat to boiling.
2. Reduce heat and simmer until thick
3. Add toppings and a splash of milk

Serves: 1
Time: 20min